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4 - CAPE GAZETIE, Friday, February 4 - February 10, 1994 Amell Creek landowners frown upon development plans for adjacent land By Denise 2t,1. Marshall The interim board of directors of the Arnell Creek development, located north of Rehoboth Beach, is voicing its opposition to a re- zoning application which would allow the Arnell Landing Devel- opment Corp. to shrink the size of lots in an adjoining subdivision. Arnell Landing Development is the developer for Arnell Creek, a single-family development locat- ed off of Old Landing Road. Arnell Landing Development has submitted an application to re- zone 90 acres adjacent to Arnell Creek from agricultural residen- tial (A_R-!) to medium density res- idential (MR). The site, located west of Del. 1 between Arnell Creek and the Old Landing Golf Course, is an approved residential planned community called The Villages at Arnell Landing. Although the density would remain the same, the re-zoning would allow Arnell Landing Development to reduce the size of 10ts, cluster housing, and create more open space. "They're not increasing the number of lots," said Sussex County Planning Director Lawrence B. Lank. "They just want to create smaller lots." Arnell Landing Development, which plans to develop !40 sin- gle-family home lots on the prop- erty, wants to reduce the lot size from 1/2-acre lots to l/4-acre lots. Noting that many people think l/2-acre lots are too large to main- tain, Woodin said the additional green space will provide numer- ous benefits. "We are attempting to provide more open space which will be visually pleasing," said Rick Woodin, of Arnell Landing Development. "We've also found that the value of the open space is beneficial to the residents." However, landowners in Arnell Creek are concerned that the diminished lot size will adversely impact their property values. "We have many nice homes in Arnell Creek," said Carol Fehren- bach, a member of the interim board of directors for Arnell Creek. 'q'here's a lot of concern about what will be built next door to us." The homeowners want to know what restrictions will be placed on the new development so that the aesthetics and property values of Arnell Creek properties are not impacted. Arnell Creek homeowners are also concerned over the fact that no amenities, such as swimming pools and tennis courts, are shown on plans for the new subdivision. Arnell Landing Development plans to allow new residents of The Village at Arnell Landing to use the existing swimming pool and tennis courts at Arnell Creek. "We are concerned that our facilities be reserved for our use only," the interim board of direc- tors wrote in a letter to Arnell Creek landowners. In addition, the board expressed concern over a proposed roadway, Deerfleld Lane, which would con- nect the two developments. "This could negatively impact traffic flow due to increased vol- ume within our community," the board's letter states. However, Lank explained that the county has already approved the lane connection and the shared community center as part of a recorded subdivision plan. The pending application is merely for a reduction in lot size, he said. Woodin explained that the cor- poration is proposing to expand the existing community center at Arnell Creek to accommodate the new residents. However, he added that the corporation was not ruling out the possibility that a second community center would be con- structed at the Villages at Arnell Landing. In addition, the develop- er could scrap plans to construct the connective roadway between the two developments, Woodin said. "We're willing to modify that with the approval of the county," Woodin said. "We're flexible." According to Fehrenbach, Arnell Creek residents are also concerned that the developer is - starting a new project when he has not yet completed the Arnell Creek project. Landowners are still waiting for Arnell Landing Development to turn over the development to the homeowners' association, she said. According to Woodin, Arnell Landing Development has not yet turned over the development to the homeowners' association because "minor items" and paper- work still need to be completed. "I think it will be turned over in time for the (summer) season," he said. In its letter, the interim board urged Arnell Creek property own- ers to attend a public hearing, which is scheduled before the Sussex County Planning and Zon- ing Commission on the re-zoning request at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 10. Woodin said representatives of Arnell Landing Development plan to meet with the Arnell Creek homeowners before the Commis- sion to explain their plans and to address any questions or concerns. Lewes Contiunued from page 1 candidate qualifications stipulates that candidates must either lease or own property in Lewes. "That's unconstitutional and must be changed," said Messick. "Property ownership can't be used as a qualification for election can- didacy." Messick advised the BPW to approve official language and seek a charter change. Meanwhile the election notice language has been changed to be constitutional. The matter arose when Sey- mour went to file for election. He is a resident of Lewes but not a property owner or leaseholder. Seymour is currently in Ecuador and could not be reached regarding his candidacy. He served as a member of the BPW from 1975 until 1986 when he resigned his position to become a full time BPW employee, first as field supervisor and then at the wastewater treatment plant. He I retired from that position in 1993. Mike Hill has served on the Board of Public Works since June of 1986 when he was appointed by former Mayor Al Stango to fill Seymour's unexpired term. He has been elected to his seat in sub- sequent elections. Tom McClain has served as a BPW member since 1982 when he was appointed by Stango to fill the unexpired term of Dave McManus. He also served previ- ously, back in the 1960s when the LeCato regional sewer system was a hot topic. The Lewes City Council annual election will be held this year on Saturday, May 14. No candidates have filed yet. The mayor's and two council seats are up for elec- tion. John Adams currently serves as mayor and the two seats up for election are held by Jim Ford and Tony Pratt. All three have said in recent days that they are uncertain about plans to run again. Former Lewes Councilman John Rhodes and frequent candi- date George Cleaver have also said recently they may be in the running. Neither man has said yet which seat he will seek. Dewey Continu! from page 1 posed measure is aimed at curtail- ing the congregating of large crowds, such as those that gather on Grotto Pizza's parking lot on summer weekend nights. "This is really to help the traffic on the street at 2 and 3 o'clock in the morning," Mayor James Lavelle said. The Dewey Beach Town Com- missioners will meet at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 12 at the U.S. Life Saving Station Museum on Dagsworthy Street. Other agenda items include: a public hearing on a condi- tional use request for 12 seats on an outside deck at a new restau- rant to be called Stacey's. The restaurant would be located at 1505 Highway One, adjacent to the Dewey Beach Town Hall property. Committee renews Beebe union caml00 'gn By Denise M. Marshall Although a union campaign at Beebe Medical Center in Lewes has gotten off to a sluggish start due to frigid weather, the union organizing committee is plowing through with efforts to unionize hospital workers. "In Beebe, we got off to a bad start because of Mother Nature," Pat Fizur, field organizer with District 1199C of the Philadel- phia-based National Union of Hospital and Health Care Employees, said during an infor- mational meeting held at The Plantations on Wednesday, Feb. 2. It was the second time union rep- resentatives rescheduled the meet- ing due to inclement weather. Those supporting the union campaign are concerned about alleged unfair labor practices involving representation and salaries. On Wednesday, only a couple hospital employees turned out for meetings scheduled at 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. However, the 7 p.m. meet- ing attracted a crowd of about 30 people, according to William Toomey, who serves on Beebe's organizing committee. At least 30 percent of each of the eight units at Beebe must sign cards indicating support for a union before the union can go to the National Labor Relations Board. Fizur declined to say how many employees had signed cards in support of a union. "The cards are still coming in," Fizur said. "We're close to 30 per- cent. We Won't petition until we get 60 to 70 percent." It is possible that some workers at Beebe could unionize, while others would remain non-union workers. If at least 30 percent of a unit does not sign petition cards or shows no interest in unionizing, they don't get organized, accord- ing to Fizur. However, the other units could still vote to unionize, she said. The radiology department at Beebe has released a statement voicing its opposition to the union campaign. One of two employees present at the 4 p.m. meeting on Wednesday works in Beebe's radiology department and ques- tioned how hospital workers could leave patients and go on strike. "Strike - we try to avoid it if at all possible," Fizur responded. The other employee present at the afternoon meeting complained that hospital employees are over- worked and underpaid. 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